Update on injuries to Ben Coker and Michael Turner...
Phil Brown has confirmed left back Ben Coker will be out for six months after suffering a leg break playing for the U21s against Colchester.
Coker was involved in the game which ended 6-3 to Blues but had to be stretched off, and Brown confirmed the defender is undergoing an operation today.
Brown said: “He’s broken his tibia which is the bigger one. The fibula is ok.
“He’s having an operation later on today in London so he’s in good hands. It’s the same surgeon that did Michael Timlin’s and he made a full recovery so if we’re lucky he’ll be back sooner rather than later.
“The prediction for his return at the moment is six months.”
The Blues boss also had an update on Michael Turner’s hamstring injury.
“Michael’s got a grade one tendon tear in his hamstring. When it’s in the bed of the hamstring it’s a lot quicker recovery but it’s in the tendon which is the attachment to the bone so it’s probably going to be between four to six weeks.
“We’re going into the start of the season a little bit bare-boned but certainly good enough in terms of the quality which is something that we discussed at length.
“We would have to be really, really unlucky to be struggling to go down and get three or four of the kids in if necessary but hopefully Michael will be back before we know.
“Stephen McLaughlin came through 60 minutes at Colchester so he is available for the weekend and Theo Robinson came through a good 75 minutes, getting a couple of goals.
“He’s pushing for a place as well so there is still competition in other areas.”